|The ongoing 27th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee
The committee examined reports of the Government, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuracy on their implementation of the NA resolutions on specialized supervision and Q&A sessions from the beginning of the NA’s 14th tenure to its 4th session.
The resolutions required the Government to intensify work to improve food safety, accelerate reform of the State administrative apparatus, and solve problems in industry-trade, natural resources-environment, education-training, home affairs, agriculture-rural development, culture-sport-tourism, health care, planning-investment, finance-banking, information and communication.
The NA also required the Government to instruct the enhancement of inspection quality and crime control, especially in serious corruption and economic cases.
Head of the NA Ombudsman Nguyen Thanh Hai said all Government members, from the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers to ministers, have paid attention to issues raised in the NA resolutions.
It is noteworthy that Government members have showed responsibility in keeping their promises during Q&A sessions, with almost 100 percent of voters’ questions collected before and after the NA’s 5th session receiving replies from relevant ministers, Hai said.
The Government’s report said the Prime Minister and other Cabinet members had worked out specific plans and assigned concrete tasks, thus creating uniformity and transparency in responsibility.
Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung added that all replies to questions of NA deputies and voters made by the Government and ministries are published on the Government portal. The Government Office and ministries have coordinated with the NA to conduct regular review of the handling of issues raised by the NA, voters and enterprises.
The report admitted unsolved shortcomings including lower-than-expectation quality of institution building, slow issuance of documents guiding the implementation of laws and decrees, ineffective coordination among ministries and sectors, and inefficient management in some sectors.
A report of NA agencies on the Government’s implementation of the NA’s Resolution 43/2017/QH14 on promoting food safety noted that the decentralization of power in the field has become more rational, inspection work has been intensified and educational activities have been promoted, resulting in reduction in the trading of goods of poor quality and obscure origin. However, the control of fake and low quality food products still shows limitation, with cross-border food smuggling remaining a complicated problem. The forgery of licences by authorized food quality control agencies is still prevalent.
Regarding the implementation of Resolution 56/2017/QH14 on reforming the State administrative apparatus, the report said the Government had made drastic instructions on the work, but the streamlining of the apparatus’ workforce had mainly focused on quantity with little attention paid to job performance and work quality.
On the fields under the management of the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuracy, reports of NA agencies acknowledged that the Supreme People’s Court had paid special attention to building documents guiding the implementation of laws and resolutions. Major cases, particularly those involving corruption and serious economic crimes, have been handled in an urgent manner, with drastic measures taken to recover assets for the State. Argument has received more attention during trials. The number of civil cases settled through People’s Courts at all levels has increased, with fewer sentences annulled or corrected.
Nevertheless, the transfer of documents by some People’s Courts has failed to meet time requirements, and the trial of administrative cases continues to face many difficulties. The ratio of annulment and correction among administrative sentences has dropped but still failed to meet target set by the NA.
NA agencies also took note that the Supreme People’s Procuracy had taken many measures to meet requirements set by the NA resolutions, such as enhancement of prosecution’s role in investigation and combination of prosecution and investigation. The quality of investigation and the control of investigation and prosecution continue to be improved.
However, the NA agencies pointed to limitations in the practice of public prosecution and control and supervision of justice activities in criminal matters. There are still a large number of cases where files were returned for further investigation.